Top Ten Tuesday – Most Memorable Secondary Characters

August 27, 2013 General 12


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by the blog THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH.  Every Tuesday, I love seeing these lists around my favorite blogs so I decided to jump into the fun and participate, too.  Please click the graphic above to see what other blogs are posting their top ten today!   


Moon Called

1.    BRAN CORNICK (Series:  Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs)
As the Marrok, or the alpha, of the North America Pack of werewolves, Bran Cornick is one of Patricia Briggs’ most dangerous and compelling characters in her stellar Mercy Thompson series.  He’s unassuming but full of power.  I just love his complexity, his caring, and his ruthlessness.


Blood Bound

2.    SAMUEL CORNICK (Series:  Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs)
As long as we’re in Mercy’s world let me throw in Bran’s son, Samuel.  He plays a more important role in the first few books in the series and I had a major book crush on him.  I’m a sucker for a tragic past and he has one.  He pines for a woman he can’t have but ultimately finds happiness.  Spinoff?  Please?



3.    EVERHART SISTERS (Series:  Jane Yellowrock by Faith Hunter)
This is a family of witchy sisters in North Carolina who all, except for two, have extraordinary powers.  They love each other and fight with each other as only a family of women can do. The Everhart women are interesting secondary characters because of their power and their relationships with each other.  I think Hunter could do an entire spinoff series on these women and I hope she does.



4.    JUPE BUTLER (Series:  Arcadia Bell by Jenn Bennett)
Jupe is the young son of Lon Butler, Arcadia Bell’s love interest in Jenn Bennett’s wonderful urban fantasy series of the same name.  Jupe is young, funny, smart, and steals every scene he’s in.  He has the hormones, bravado, and smart assery of a tween but turns around and shares tender moments that remind you he’s just a kid.  I love the way Bennett weaves him into the series, giving us a window into this non-traditional family with Jupe at the center.


Royal Street

5.    JEAN LAFITTE (Series:  Sentinels of New Orleans by Suzanne Johnson)
A dead pirate kept immortal by the power and magic of human memory?  Sexy, dangerous, a criminal, a crook…yes, very memorable.


Kiss of Steel

6.    BARRONS & ARAMINA (Series:  London Steampunk by Bec McMaster)
These two characters in Bec McMaster’s darkly romantic paranormal series, London Steampunk, on the surface seem to despise each other.  But always in the background are lingering looks, cryptic comments, and something deeper than appearances.  I’m betting McMaster will give us a book about these two but until then, we have to enjoy them as secondary characters to the drama that unfolds center stage. 


A Sliver of Shadow

7.  PHIN THE UNICORN (Series:  Abby Sinclair by Alison Pang)
A horny, miniature unicorn?  It may sound ridiculous and something that would be more annoying than entertaining, but believe me when I say he will make you laugh out loud.



8.    SAMWISE GAMGEE (Series:  Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)
I’m sorry but who doesn’t want a loyal friend like Samwise, who believes in you and stands by your side in the face of real danger?  A great, moving, unassuming character who is powerful in so many unexpected ways.



9.    REBECCA (Book:  Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier)
Ok, so it might be weird to put down Rebecca as a secondary character when her name is the title of the book.  But if you’ve read Rebecca, you know what I mean.  We never meet Rebecca but her presence is everywhere in this story, hanging there in the corner like a ghost, invading and conquering the mind and emotions of our young, nameless heroine.


Jane Eyre

10.    MRS. ROCHESTER (Book:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte)
If you haven’t read Jane Eyre then don’t read this because it will be spoilery.  If you have read the book then you know why I put it on my list.  Crazy wife locked in the attic?  How can you ever forget this woman.  She was a character that has inspired debate, analysis and other works of fiction.  Memorable is an understatement.


Who are some your most memorable secondary characters?


12 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday – Most Memorable Secondary Characters”

  1. Readsalot81

    Yes, the Mercy books have lots of great side characters! (Ben is still my favorite out of the wolves!)

    Derek and Jim are my favorite side characters from the Kate Daniels books.. and totally agree on Jupiter Butler from the AB series! He’s a scene stealer!

    There’s a couple from the Harry Dresden books.. like Butters and Bob the Skull 🙂

    Can’t forget about Peabody and McNab from JD Robb’s In Death series as well 🙂

    • shewolfreads

      You’ve mentioned a few series that I need to read! And I completely forgot about Ben from Mercy Thompson. You are so right! He is an intriguing character. I think Briggs could do an entire book of short stories based on the side characters in her books. They are that interesting.

  2. Elizabeth

    Bran and Samuel are certainly kick ass, but memorable always strikes me as Zee or Warren, those are the characters my friends are always talking about when I lend out my battered copy (Okay, I’ve bought a few copies for close friends as well) of Moon Called

    • shewolfreads

      Elizabeth, you’re right! How the heck could I forget a gay werewolf? I love Warren as a character – caring and strong and steady. Great choice!

  3. fishgirl182 @ nite lite

    this reminds me that i need to catch up on the mercy thompson series. i am several behind at this point. and i love samwise. he is the best and i think one of the overlooked heroes of lotr.

    • shewolfreads

      Thuy, I am one book behind in Mercy Thompson. I plan I reading it soon. And I totally agree with you about Samwise. He brought me to tears several times both in the books and the movies. Great character.

  4. Kate- Midnight Book Girl

    Samwise is the perfect example of a great secondary character! Frodo gets most of the credit, but he never would have completed the journey if it wasn’t for Sam.

    I agree with Rebecca too- although she was almost more of a main character than the unnamed narrator- I would have loved to learn more about Rebecca before her death.

    • shewolfreads

      Thanks, Kate! Yes, maybe Rebecca was a cheat. 🙂 Samwise is an amazing character and yes, Frodo would have failed had it not been for Samwise who resisted the power to the end.

    • shewolfreads

      Mrs. Rochester is a must! And Jane Eyre is one of my favorite books. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog. Love your list, too!